Monday, March 8, 2021

Hobby - Vallejo Metal Color Paints

 Where have you been all my life?

Over the past few months I have seen more and more painters recommend Vallejo Model Color paints as their metal paints of choice. I was largely unhappy with my Citadel (sans Retributor and Iron Warriors) and Vallejo Model Color paints, and ho-hum about the Army Painter metals.

So I went to Element Games and picked up five of these supposed fantastic metals. I chose:

  • Gold
  • Aluminum
  • Burnt Iron
  • Steel
  • Copper
They are GBP 6 each (NZ 12) but you get 32ml in each bottle rather than the 12ml in Citadel. The paints can be used straight through an airbrush or applied by brush.

These paints are stunning. The opacity is phenomenal and the flow off the brush is fantastic. You put them exactly where you want them and they stay there, covering with a single coat.

You can blend them very easily on a dry palette and they stay 'wet' long enough to be used for batch painting.

If you want to up your "metal" game them I really think you should be using these. Having painted miniatures for over 25 years, I've never seen metals that come close to these.


  1. What's the postage like from Element Games? I've been trying to get a Metal Color Gold but its sold out almost everywhere I can find.

    1. Typically GBP 4

      Jack put me on to the Scale 75 Golds/Copper (wide colour range). I order 7 paints and post was GBP3.55